From an Aston Villa perspective, the 2015 FA Cup Final went about as bad as it possibly could have.
Arsenal dominated the match from the first kick, and the only thing Aston Villa had going for it was that the match remained scoreless until almost halftime, giving the 25,000-plus fans wearing claret and blue at Wembley Stadium roughly 40 minutes of false hope.
On a scale of 1-10 -- with 1 being the worst and 10 being the best, here are the match ratings for the Aston Villa players that appeared in Saturday's FA Cup Final demolition.
GK: Shay Given, Rating: 5
Made five saves, including a few very nice stops that kept the score from being even more embarrassing. At first glance, Alexis Sanchez's goal looked like a Given error, but replays showed that there was nothing the Villa goalkeeper could've done to stop a ball with that much swerve and pace. It's unfortunate for Brad Guzan that he didn't start, but Given was one of Villa's best players on Saturday. Anyone disputing Sherwood's selection here would be severely misguided.
RB: Alan Hutton, Rating: 3
However, right back is a position where it could definitely be argued Sherwood made the wrong call. Selecting Hutton over Leandro Bacuna, presumably for defensive purposes, didn't work. Hutton was exposed early and often by the pace and trickery of Alexis, Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla. The Scottish right back hardly got forward, eliminating an attacking option that Villa possessed in previous weeks with Bacuna; furthermore, taking out the player who has the best chemistry with Christian Benteke, Bacuna, majorly backfired.
CB: Jores Okore, Rating: 3
Okore had a shaky start, misplaying a ball that put Villa on the back foot in the first minute, and never really recovered. Should've been closer to Walcott for the opener. I don't know if it's his mindset or fitness or another reason, but Okore really struggles in these matches when Villa are forced to defend for long stretches. This was another one of those days. Hopefully he can regain his chemistry with Ciaran Clark next season.
CB: Ron Vlaar, Rating: 4
Vlaar wasn't necessarily terrible in what was likely his final match with Aston Villa. Did about all he could to keep Arsenal at bay when his defenders around him were struggling. If he does move on, I wish him the best of luck. He's been an asset to Aston Villa during a difficult few years for the club.
LB: Kieran Richardson, Rating: 5
Kieran Richardson was probably Villa's best player in the FA Cup Final. That's not a good thing. Kept the Arsenal right flank relatively quiet and made an INCREDIBLE block to rob Theo Walcott of an early goal. Was subbed off for not being fully fit, not because of his performance. Fair play, Kieran.
CDM: Ashley Westwood, Rating: 4
Arsenal is such a tough matchup for any midfielder, so it's hard to get too upset with Westwood, Cleverley and Delph. But it wasn't fun to watch them try to stop the Gunners from building up attack after attack, especially for Westwood in his sitting role. All three Villa midfielders ended up booked by Arsenal fan Jonathan Moss, and that made it even harder for them to get tight on the likes of Ozil and Cazorla. As for Westwood's day, he tried so hard but was just totally outclassed.
RCM: Tom Cleverley, Rating: 3
Never got on the ball. Chased the ghosts of Arsenal's midfielders the entire match. Was carded early for a poor challenge, taking away much of his tenacity the remainder of the match. Strangely backed off Sanchez on the Chilean's wonderful goal. Tom had a poor final match of the season, which might also be his last with Villa.
LCM: Fabian Delph, Rating: 3
Very poor performance from the captain. Arsenal's plan to negate the England midfielder worked perfectly. The Gunners backed off him every time he got the ball in space, and it seemed to confuse and disorient Delph, who is used to being able to drive Villa forward by dribbling around defenders. The result: Delph frequently lost possession by dribbling into crowds or misplacing passes.
RW: Charles N'Zogbia, Rating: 2
Just awful. And considering N'Zogbia really hasn't played well since the FA Cup semifinal, his selection over Gabby Agbonlahor and Scott Sinclair never seemed justified. Provided Hutton with absolutely no defensive help. Did nothing going forward and was a cancer to his team when he started yelling at teammates. It's probably unlikely that N'Zogbia will be with the club next season.
LW: Jack Grealish, Rating: 3
Grealish was just as bad as N'Zogbia in the first half, giving Villa neither width nor drive. But to his credit, the teenager kept going and improved in the second half. Should've won Villa a penalty, but Jonathan Moss was a complete turd. Hopefully this was a good learning experience for Grealish.
ST: Christian Benteke, Rating: 3
Never was a factor, but that wasn't really all his fault. Received absolutely no service from his teammates, which resulted in Benteke wandering into forlorn areas to try and get involved, which just didn't work. At fault for the concession of Villa's third goal, losing Per Mertesacker to give the big German a free header (shoulder) from six yards. Mertesacker also dominated Benteke at the other end of the pitch in the air far too often.
ST: Gabby Agbonlahor, Rating: 5
Had a slight impact after coming on, and should've won a penalty -- or at least a dangerous free kick -- if Jonathan Moss were a competent referee. Probably will feel like he should've started.
RB: Leandro Bacuna, Rating: 4
Another who will feel like he deserved to start. Provided Villa with more width down the right after coming on. Would've been interesting to see if he could've handled Alexis and Walcott better than Hutton did from the start.
CDM: Carlos Sanchez, No Rating
Came on, lost possession a few times, just ran around chasing the ball. Typical Carlos Sanchez stuff.
Jonathan Moss, Rating: Complete Disgrace
Why was like the eighth best referee in England assigned the biggest domestic cup match of the season? C'mon, FA, you're better than that. Actually, no. No, you're not.
Aston Villa Supporters, Rating: 10
Brilliant from the Villa fans from beginning to end. Did all the singing until Arsenal's opener, even when Villa were chasing shadows, and still remained vocal as the match drifted away. Out of everything from this match, I'll always remember the Villa fans.
Well done, Claret and Blue Army.
No Aston Villa Man of the Match poll for a 4-0 loss, but leave your comments below about how you thought each of the Villa players did on Saturday in the FA Cup Final!